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January 13, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Ariel Sharon, R.I.P.

Former prime minister of Israel Ariel Sharon was buried today. In Commentary Magazine, I offered my thoughts about the passing of a man I worked with closely during his years as prime minister, and …

January 11, 2014

United States
Israel’s Ariel Sharon: Always Seizing the Offensive

Former prime minister Ariel Sharon began every meeting I ever attended with U.S. officials with a greeting that always made me chuckle: “You are mostly welcome.” That welcome revealed his flawed Engl…

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon speaks to the media during a news conference in Tel Aviv December 1, 2005 (Magen/Courtesy Reuters).

June 27, 2013

Cybersecurity
Sharone Tobias: Internet and Press Freedom in Taiwan

Sharone Tobias is a Research Associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Earlier this month, Taiwanese Internet advocacy groups succeeded in shutting down an anti-piracy bill sim…

A general view shows booths at the 2013 Computex exhibition, the world's second largest computer show, in Taipei World Trade Center on June 3, 2013. (Pichi Chuang/Courtesy Reuters)

May 14, 2013

China
Sharone Tobias: Why Did China Release an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan?

Sharone Tobias is a Research Associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Beijing traditionally has been wary of involving itself in affairs that do not directly relate to its own…

China's President Xi Jinping (R) and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas smile at each other during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 6, 2013. (Courtesy Reuters/Jason Lee)

October 15, 2017

Iran
Mrs. Clinton and the Trump Nuclear Decision

Hillary Clinton is now complaining that President Trump has broken America’s word with his policy on the Iran nuclear agreement, the JCPOA. For reasons I will explain below, this is a subject on whic…

January 30, 2017

Israel
Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Is a Bad Idea for Everyone—Except Israeli Hard-Liners and Their American Friends

Moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is supposed to show American resolve. It will only sow chaos.

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December 18, 2016

United States
The Next Ambassador to Israel

President-Elect Trump’s choice of David M. Friedman as his ambassador to Israel has occasioned both appropriate news coverage, and a barrage of nasty, ignorant, politically biased comments. Most o…

September 27, 2016

Israel
Shimon Peres

The last American founding father, James Madison, died in 1836, 60 years after independence had been declared. Today, in the 68th year of its independence, Israel experienced the loss of its own last…

November 23, 2016

Donald Trump
Trump May Inadvertently Force Netanyahu’s Hand

The election of Donald Trump has fueled an intense struggle within Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government over the future disposition of the West Bank that Israel has occupied for nea…

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June 1, 2015

Israel
How Isolated Is Israel?

It’s common to hear about Israel’s growing isolation in the world, and UN votes are sometimes held up as evidence of this. The BDS movement, especially in Europe, is also adduced to show Israel’s inc…